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Oregon's Link to Revolution in Haiti

Guns destined for international intrigue travel through Portland due to unique loopholes in Oregon's laws, and recent revelations cast light on the role that Oregon plays in international gun laundering.
I've updated a few details of DOGSPOT 106 and 107 not only because they are 2 of the most popular stories on DOGSPOT (much to my chagrin), but because recent revelations about Police Chief Kerik of New York City cast a new light on them since "trusted" associates of Kerik were involved in the training of police departments in both Haiti and Jamaica, but nonetheless had absolutlely no successs in stemming the tide of narcotics traffic from those islands during his tenure - in fact, it flourished, very much like the coca trade from Colombia and Peru through Panama under the guidance of Lt. Colonel Oliver North during the Iran-Contra scandal.

DOGSPOT 106

Guns Drugs and Revolution: Supplying the Haiti Contras

the ATF has said that 25 percent of the gun-smuggling cases handled by its Miami office during the past three years have involved firearms destined for Haiti.
A recent article suggests that trans-shipment of guns and drugs through Jamaica has become a serious problem affecting New York, Haiti, and Portland, Oregon [ Why Oregon?]. The time frame of the incidents might indicate that guns were smuggled to Haiti for the purpose of overthrowing the legally elected government of Jean Bertrand Aristide. Others may have been shipped to drug dealers in Portland, Oregon.
Several other sources, briefly noted in this article outline the events that indicate the scope of the problem. In January of this year (2004), officials from New York City and Jamaica met to discuss the problem of drug and gun smuggling.
According the CaribNews
Mayor Bloomberg said, Sadly, the world is becoming internationalized not just in commerce but in crime as well. Bloomberg added that New York City and Kingston both had the problem of many illegal guns on the street. He said that for a long time, New York City had had a policy of placing its personnel in other countries to improve communication and security and that similar exercise could be taken in Jamaica.
In the same article, Police Commissioner Francis Forbes of Jamaican disclosed that a team from Jamaica would be visiting Miami shortly to establish a liaison office there, which would solidify links with police services in the United States. Jamaica's National Security Secretary Gilbert Scott said that while the Jamaican police had a primary interest in the transportation of illegal drugs to the island, the New York police were concerned about the smuggling of drugs into their country.

Preliminary research indicates that the guns shipped to Jamaica do not stay there. The quantities are simply too large, and the number of incidents too numerous. This article from Haiti-Info reveals what may be only the tip of the iceberg.

Haitian gun smugglers have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. Elaborate family networks of Haitian immigrants employ brothers and cousins as fronts to buy pistols and long guns in small increments to avoid sending up red flags on ATF paperwork. Agents become suspicious when they spot a single individual making large or repeated purchases at a particular gun shop.
"The movement of guns from South Florida to Haiti has been going on for a long time, and these cases are almost always linked to unrest in Haiti," said Daniel McBride, who heads technical services for the Palm Beach County Sheriff?s Office. McBride was in charge of the Miami office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms office during the 1990s, when dozens of Haitian gunrunners were prosecuted.

Why don't these prosecutions continue under the administration of George W. Bush?

The modus operandi of the gun runners is frighteningly similar to that of the terrorists who have been trying to restore despotism to Haiti since the fall of the Duvalier regime. As Tori Fletcher reports:
The thing is that the politicians who publicly call for peace, are in private the organisers of the drug smuggling and gun laundering. Everyone knows it, but can't end the corruption as they'll be the next victim.
One religious figure who criticized a gun leader in a church sermon was shot in her head at point blank range the next morning. Gun men who do get caught often get off because there are no witnesses brave enough to give evidence against them in court. Even two people under Witness Protection by the police were mysteriously murdered before they managed to give evidence against a notorious Don. So the violence continues, leaving under-funded police to try and control it.
Two days after being in Trenchtown, 5 of the policemen I had been with had their jeep ambushed and were shot dead by the local Don man. It's a situation which is going to get a lot worse.
The mainstream media has completely ignored two questions that can no longer be ignored:

(1)Were the Haiti rebels armed by with guns shipped via Jamaica?

(2)Is the increasing traffic in guns and drugs on the west coast somehow related to the problem in Jamaica?

Gun Laundering: Some Details

In DOGSPOT 106 we observed the problem of Gun Laundering in Jamaica. We noted that:
Agents become suspicious when they spot a single individual making large or repeated purchases at a particular gun shop.
We continue our investigation with an example from police records in Portland, Oregon.
sidebar added Dec. 2, 2007

Why Oregon?

From:
http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/166.html

  • 166.433 Findings regarding transfers of firearms. The people of this state find that:

  • (1) The laws of Oregon regulating the sale of firearms contain a loophole that allows people other than gun dealers to sell firearms at gun shows without first conducting criminal background checks;

  • (2) It is necessary for the safety of the people of Oregon that any person who transfers a firearm at a gun show be required to request a criminal background check before completing the transfer of the firearm; and

  • (3) It is in the best interests of the people of Oregon that any person who transfers a firearm at any location other than a gun show be allowed to voluntarily request a criminal background check before completing the transfer of the firearm. [2001 c.1 ?1]

  • Note: 166.432, 166.433 and 166.445 were adopted by the people by initiative petition but were not added to ORS chapter 166 or any series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

  • Note: See note under 166.432.
Oddly, examples of this type more recent than the year 2000 are difficult to find.
From The Oregonian 01-16-2000
Cleveland Burden bought guns and turned them over to Larry Brister Jr., who then sold them on Portland streets. Portland police recovered eight of the 15 guns Burden bought:
Gun Purchased (and) Recovered:
1. Smith & Wessson, 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 3/16/97 from On Target Firearms, a federally licensed dealer, at the Rose City Gun Show in Kliever Memorial Armory.
Police recovered 6/16/97 from a 24-year-old felon, Richard Pierre Overton. According to a police report, officers located the gun, with nine rounds in the magazine, in Overton's jacket after he ran from police who were investigating a criminal mischief complaint near Northeast Durham and Dean. Overton was accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
2. Kimbel 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 4/14/97 from On Target Firearms, a dealer that operates out of a home and garage in Northeast Portland.
Not recovered.
3. Kimbel 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 4/14/97 from On Target Firearms in Northeast Portland.
Not recovered.
4. Bryco 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 4/28/97 from On Target Firearms in Northeast Portland.
Not recovered.
5. Intratec 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 4/28/97 from On Target Firearms in Northeast Portland.
Police recovered it 10/7/97 from a 20-year-old felon, Mark Anthony Miles. Police watched Miles as he went to retrieve the gun, which was hidden beneath a rear tire of a motorhome on Northeast 7th Avenue. The gun had a magazine holding 19 rounds.
6. Bryco 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 4/28/97 from On Target Firearms in Northeast Portland.
Police recovered it 7/21/99. A 19-year-old juvenile was firing the gun in the air at Northeast Garfield Avenue and Beech Avenue. Police rolled into the area to investigate reports of shots being fired. Brown continued to fire the gun as police ran after him.
7. Sturm Ruger 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 5/13/97 from On Target Firearms in Northeat Portland.
Not recovered.
8. Smith & Wesson .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 6/15/97 from On Target Firearms at The Rose City Gun Show at the Portland Expo Center.
Not recovered.
9. Israeli Arms Baby Desert Eagle 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 6/15/97 from On Target Firearms at The Rose City Gun Show, Portland Expo Center.
Recovered 7/15/99 from a 25-year-old felon, Stephen Ashley Lawrence Jr. Police arrested Lawrence in connection with a domestic violence case and found the gun in the kitchen cupboard of the apartment where the assault occurred. Police said he grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and struck her in the face. Police also seized crack cocaine from the apartment. Lawrence faced charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and assault.
10. SWD 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 6/15/97 from Good Guys Guns at The Rose City Gun Show in the Expo Center.
Recovered 8/09/97. Gun identified as the weapon used in the July 27, 1997, homicide of Chadrick Render. Render, 20, a Portland State University student, was shot to death in an attempt to steal the $3,500 gold-plated wheel covers on his car. Anthony O. Pickens, 17, the accused gunman, was convicted of felony murder.
11. AMT .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 10/1/97 from On Target Firearms in Northeast Portland.
Recovered 6/15/99 from a 20-year-old felon, Tai Javon Campbell. The gun was found in the glove box of a car that was fired upon in a drive-by shooting. Campbell was accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
12. AMT .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 10/1/97 from On Target Firearms in Northeast Portland.
Not recovered. After Render's killing, Brister asked Burden to report the gun he thought was used in the killing as stolen so police would not trace it back to Burden. But the serial numbers were confused and a different gun was reported.
13. Jennings 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 10/1/97 from On Target Firearms in Northeast Portland.
Recovered 10/12/97 from a 17-year-old. Police stopped the teen-ager near Northeast Sumner Street and 15th Avenue when they saw him carrying what looked like a 40-ounce bottle of liquor concealed in a bag. He ran from officers but was caught. Police lifted his jacket, expecting to find the bottle of booze, but "felt a gun in his left front jacket pocket instead,'' a police report said. There was a round in the chamber, and a magazine with 12 rounds.
14. Intratec 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 11/26/97 from On Target Firearms in Northeast Portland.
Not recovered.
15. European American Armory .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol.
Bought 12/19/98 from On Target Firearms at The Rose City Gun Show, Portland Expo Center.
Recovered 6/26/99 from Brister, 21, during a motor vehicle stop. He had the gun in the glove box of the vehicle he was driving and admitted that he did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Brister told police he bought the gun from a friend named Cleveland for $350.
Daniel McBride of the Miami office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms office during the 1990s, prosecuted dozens of Haitian gunrunners during his tenure. Are these prosecutions continuing with the recent increase in illegal shipments?

Now we have answers to these questions.
7 months prior to the Bush family coup in Haiti (circa 2004), Bush replaced the US ambassador to Haiti and his Secretary of State in order to make sure that the Bush vision of the new World Order would prevail.

More to come in....................

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